Come for the books, stay for the art…

Over the past few years Washington County Library has installed art rails at branch libraries in Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, Mahtomedi, Oakdale, and Woodbury to showcase the work of local artists.

On display during the month of March at the R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury is the art of Alexandra Sherman. Alex combines color and comic style to create fantasy artwork. Using illustration markers and pens, she creates characters inspired by Japanese animation and manga.

The Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove has just issued a call for entries in what will be their first-ever “Community Art Show.” Approximately 40-50 art works in a variety of media will comprise the exhibition scheduled for April 1 through May 31 at the library. The deadline for entries to be received is Monday, March 24, 2014.

The Park Grove showing is open to local artists 14 years and older. Each artist may submit one or two items. Any media is welcomed. There are some size restrictions: nothing larger than 3’ by 4’, and nothing heavier the 30 pounds. Artwork must be delivered to the library on or before March 31. Interested artists, please contact RaeAnn Palmer, Librarian at the Park Grove Branch: phone 651-459-2040 or email

Staff members at all five library locations are always looking for local artists who would like to share their artwork with the community. If you are interested in sharing your artwork, have a conversation with your local librarian about bringing your art to the library.

Those of us who are not artistically inclined reap the benefit of enjoying the works of others! Consult the Library’s Events Calendar to find out what’s on display. Come for the books and more, and take some time to enjoy the art!

Library Woman is Joey Halbach, Community Relations Librarian for Washington County Library. Contact her at: